Photo/IllutrationCarlos Ghosn, former chairman of Nissan Motor Co. (AP file photo)

Carlos Ghosn received an unreported 1 billion yen ($9.22 million) in 2018 from a controlling company founded in the Netherlands by Nissan Motor Co. and partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Nissan sources said.

Nissan is considering filing a criminal complaint against its former chairman in connection with the payment from Nissan-Mitsubishi BV, according to the sources.

The remuneration from Nissan-Mitsubishi has not been publicly disclosed because the controlling company was not a consolidated entity of either Japanese automaker.

However, the 1-billion-yen payout was made without the approval of the Nissan board, the sources said.

An in-house investigation team following up on allegations of financial misconduct by Ghosn briefed a meeting of Nissan’s board of directors on Jan. 10 about its latest findings.

The team said Ghosn’s remuneration from the Dutch company was close to 1 billion yen between April and November 2018, the sources said.

Publicly disclosed documents showed that Ghosn, 64, was paid 735 million yen from Nissan, 227 million yen from Mitsubishi Motors and about 900 million yen from Renault SA in fiscal 2017.

Nissan-Mitsubishi is a separate entity from Renault-Nissan BV, a company also based in the Netherlands that manages the French carmaker and the two Japanese auto manufacturers.

Nissan-Mitsubishi was established in June 2017, with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors each owning a 50-percent stake.

Its aim was to create synergy between the two automakers. Nissan in 2016 bought a 34-percent stake in Mitsubishi Motors.

Ghosn assumed the posts of chairman and CEO of Nissan-Mitsubishi. Nissan President and CEO Hiroto Saikawa and Osamu Masuko, chairman and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors, are also board members of Nissan-Mitsubishi, but they have not received remuneration from the Dutch company, according to the sources.

Ghosn was removed as chairman of Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors following his arrest in November on suspicion of under-reporting his remuneration in Nissan’s securities reports for five years through fiscal 2014. But he remains chairman and CEO of Renault.

He was later indicted on charges of under-reporting his pay, and was re-arrested on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust concerning personal losses that prosecutors said he had passed on to Nissan.

Ghosn has said he is innocent of all the allegations against him.